LIFESTYLE

Angel of a sale

Cheryl LeBlanc Babin
Reneé Nettles of Gonzales picks her treasures during the garage sale.

The Porta family of Gonzales held their annual “Alexis’ Angel Sale” Saturday, April 18 in honor of their late daughter, Alexis Cole Porta.

Alexis died at the age of 16 on June 19, 2001 from a massive rupture of a cerebral aneurysm. She was an organ donor whose heart, two kidneys, pancreas, liver, corneas and large bones went to over seven people.

Colin and Rhonda Porta decided that the best way to celebrate their daughter’s life was to promote the gift of life. They choose the Saturday after Easter each year for the benefit because April is not only Organ Donor Awareness Month but also the month of Alexis’ birthday.

All proceeds will go to the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) to help promote organ donor awareness.

Master Gardeners, Sheila Billingsley and Laurie Peno educate a customer interested in the plant sale items.